Chronology of Diplomatic Relations
Diplomatic relations between Georgia and Ukraine were established on 22 July 1992
Ambassadors of Georgia to Ukraine
Valeri Chechelashvili (1994-1998);
Malkhaz Chachava (1998-2000);
Grigol Katamadze (2000 - 2007);
Merab Antadze (2007-2008);
Grigol Katamadze (2008 - to date).
Ambassadors of Ukraine to Georgia
Iuri Chugaenko - Charge d'Affaires of Ukraine (1994);
Anatoli Kasianenko (1994-1996);
Iuri Chugaenko (1996-1998);
Stephan Volkovestki (1998-2003);
Mykola Spys (2003-2009).
Vasili Tsibenko (2009 to date).
Main Fields of Cooperation
- Permanent political dialogue in bilateral and multilateral formats, active cooperation for the implementation of common political objectives, towards integration into the European Union and NATO. Active cooperation in the frames of GUAM.
- Cooperation in the field of energy: the working group on cooperation in the field of energy set up in the framework of the intergovernmental Georgia-Ukraine economic cooperation commission is focused on studying the issue of Ukraine's participation in the modernization and construction of hydropower stations and power transmission lines in Georgia as well as the possibilities of attracting Ukrainian investments.
The Ukrainian side agrees to renew consideration of the issue of transferring a 6 mgwt-capacity hydro-turbine and other necessary electrical equipment to the new hydropower station ‘Borjomula' in the framework of technical assistance.
The working group on cooperation in the field of energy is in the process of preparing a set of concrete proposals for the next session of the intergovernmental commission.
- Cooperation in the field of transport: relations in the field of transport between Georgia and Ukraine have become increasingly more active.
Of great prospect is transportation of cargoes through the route of ‘Baltic Sea-Black Sea-Caucasus-Caspian Sea, Kerchi-Poti/Batumi railway-ferry boat and combined railway project ‘Viking'.
Work in a bilateral format is underway for the construction of a competitive transport corridor through the territories of the GUAM member countries.
The working group on cooperation in the field of transport set up in the framework of the intergovernmental Georgia-Ukraine economic cooperation commission is in the process of preparing for signature a number of the following documents:
- Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of Georgia on the arrangement of direct ferry-railway carriage between the Kerchi-Poti/Batumi ports;
- Agreement on Air Traffic between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of Georgia;
- Agreement on Road Traffic between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of Georgia;
Universal permissions for international road carriages are exchanged annually between the countries; in 2006 the sides exchanged 900 quoted permissions.
- Cooperation in the field of civil aviation:
Liberalization of air flights caused intensification of activity in this sector, namely:
Ukraine-bound flights are as follows: to Kiev: National Airlines: 3 times a week, Georgian Airways - twice a week, Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines - twice a week, Tbilaviamsheni - once a week; to Kharkov: Tbilaviamsheni - once a week, Simferopol-Odessa - once a week Donbas Airlines - once a week; from Kutaisi to Kiev: Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines - once a week; to Kharkov: Aeromost-Kharkov - once a week.
A total of fifteen flights a week.
Intensity of flights will increase even further upon the signature of a new agreement between the two countries.
There is an increasingly higher level of cooperation between the Tbilisi Aviation Institute and Ukraine's National Aviation University and other institutes of this profile. Exchange programmes and joint scientific researches are conducted with a view to sharing experience. To increase a level of flight safety, flight inspectors are assigned to undergo training courses in Ukraine.
Bilateral Trade Relations
Agreement on Free Trade between the Government of the Republic of Georgia and the Government of Ukraine continues to apply between the two countries.
Trade turnover growth rate between the two countries compared to the year 2005 amounts to 47,1%. Georgian export increased by 54,2%, import - by 45,9%.
Foreign Trade between Georgia and Ukraine (thousand, USD)
Import from Ukraine to Georgia (thousand, USD)
Ukrainian imports to Georgia: steel items, sunflower oil, cereals, milk products, tobacco products, electrical equipment (transformers, electric cables), etc.
- Information on cooperation with GUAM, BSEC and TRACECA in respective links.
Exhibitions, Fairs, Joint Projects
For the realization of investment programmes, implementation of joint projects and popularization of homemade products on the Ukrainian markets, the following events were held:
On 26-28 April 2006, Donetsk hosted a business forum ‘Georgia-Ukraine Council of Business Circles'.
On 11-14 October 2006, International exhibition ‘International Tourism 2006' was held at the National Exhibition Centre of Ukraine.
For the popularization of Ukrainian foodstuffs, a presentation ceremony of the Georgian-Ukrainian joint venture ‘Ukrainian House' will be held in 2007.
(30.01 - 01.02) Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine Anatoly Kinakh
(19.04 - 22.04) Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine I. Lutsenko
(12.06 - 16.06) Rector of the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine Nikolay Kulinich
(19.06 - 21.06) First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Andrey Veselovsky
(27.09 - 29.09) Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vladimer Khandog (on the occasion of the opening of Ukraine's Year on 28 September)
(27. 09 - 29.09) Delegation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Ukraine (on the occasion of the opening of Ukraine's Year on 28 September)
(23.11.06) President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko
(29.11 - 01.12) First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Andrey Veselovsky with his spouse
(22.01 - 23.01) A group of deputies of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada
(01.03 - 02.03) President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko with his spouse
(29.03 - 30.03) Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine Vitaly Gayduk (International Conference titled ‘Fight against Terrorism and Drug Trafficking).
(9-11 February) Parliamentary delegation led by Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia Nino Burjanadze
(3-5 April) Working visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
(8-9 May) Working visit of the Minister of Defence of Georgia
(20-21 May) Working visit of First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Valeri Chechelashvili (in the framework of the GUAM meeting)
(22 May) Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia (in the framework of the GUAM meeting)
(22-24 May) Working visit of the President of Georgia (in the framework of the GUAM summit)
(26-29 September) Working visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Gela Bezhuashvili
(14 October) Visit of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia George Manjgaladze
There are 105 international agreements signed between Georgia and Ukraine, including 20 international-legal documents. Of the documents signed 7 are intergovernmental, 49 - interstate and 49 - interagency.
In the framework of the visit of President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko to Georgia (1-2 March 2007), the following agreements were signed:
Agreements signed in 2006:
Agreement on the Training of Diplomats between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Georgia (4-5 April 2006, Kiev);
Agreement on the Exchange of Customs Statistical Data between the Ministry of Finance of Georgia and the National Customs Service of Ukraine (22 May 2006, Kiev).
Agreements to be signed:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine: http://mfa.gov.ua